Proof Restaurant
Proof Restaurant

Proof Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.proofdc.com/
  • Phone: 2027377663
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Haidar Karoum
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Although we do not have a private space, Proof offers seating for large groups in our dining room with a contract. For parties of 9-20 guests, we offer a 3 course menu beginning at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). For groups of 20 or more, we require a food and beverage minimum, which depends on the date and time you are looking to host the event. A full restaurant buyout is available for groups of 50 or more, where we can offer both a seated dinner, or a passed hors d'oeuvres/cocktail style reception.

    Proof can seat up to 15 guests at one table in the dining room; groups larger than this will be split into tables seated next to each other. We are able to seat 85 guests, with room for 125 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Burke--kim@proofdc.com 2027377663

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th and G
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet ($12) for dinner service only. Street parking and metro accessible.
A word from Proof Restaurant
Proof is a wine-centric restaurant serving Modern American cuisine.

The casual, elegant feel to this Penn Quarter destination is reflected throughout Executive Chef Haidar Karoum’s menu. Proof showcases the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients in clean, beautiful preparations, an extensive international selection of cheese and charcuterie, as well as a wine list containing over 40 by-the-glass selections and 1,000 different bottles.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Proof Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
285 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (185)notable wine list (179)special occasion (134)romantic (74)neighborhood gem (52)great for outdoor dining (48)hot spot (39)great for lunch (38)vibrant bar scene (33)good for groups (23)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Impeccable service, incredible food and a wine list to die for. Great ambience for our romantic birthday celebration. This restaurant doesn't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • phillynladudeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I really enjoyed the food. One of the better meals I've had in DC and I had heard great things about it. I'm surprised about a few things: 1. your server attire is so casual for your price point. Service was very good but I was surprised. 2. your wine list doesn't fit the price point. You have very limited selections under $100. You are not a $200-$300pp restaurant but your wine list heads in that direction. 3. Desserts-the banana split was simply bad. The rest of the desserts couldn't hold their own compared to the apps and entrees. We'll go back but a few things need review.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we love proof
    drdeb
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Most recent visit while settling son at GWU for his senior year. Everything was wonderful. My appetizer salad of grains, corn and egg was unusual and delicious. Husband's foie gras was amazing! Our daughter's pappardelle with truffles and corn was incredibly delicious, and our son's duck was perfect. We are a very discerning family and could not criticize a thing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DinnerWinner
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great service, creative menu that is very well executed
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous treat
    clearly
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband and I visited Proof for the first time and absolutely loved our meal from start to finish. The whipped goat cheese with flatbread was the right size to start us off, the swordfish was perfectly done, and the salmon was reason to go back. We highly recommend dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfully reliable
    LawyerAlex
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Proof has been around for 8 years but it doesn't show any signs of aging. The meals we had were all fresh takes on different food, chicken, duck, and pasta, with great accompaniments. The staff was attentive, polite, careful not to interrupt the flow of the meal by taking plates prematurely - unusual these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I absolutely love Proof!
    AleC
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great food, great wine, excellent somelier, great service. It is just perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Proof lives up to its reputation for excellent food and service. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cheese galore!
    Quinn
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Excellent charcuterie platters and cheeses. Could have just done those all night. Small plates were good - esp the meatballs and gnocchi.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epicurean
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Enjoyed a quiet dinner early on a Friday evening. Started things off with the Prosciutto San Danielle and Mixed Olives, which proved to be a nice pairing; the generous portion of olives was more than enough for two people. LOVED the First of the Season Heirloom Tomatoes and Carmelized Cauliflower. As a Second, had the Roasted Long Island Duck Breast, and enjoyed the dish, with the one exception that I found the mustard greens overpowering, not blending well with the rest of the flavors. The service was truly first-rate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch
    BusinessDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went here for a lunch with a client and sat outside. The food was interesting and well prepared -- excellent value for money -- and the service was attentive but not intrusive. The noise level was fine - noisy enough for privacy but not a din. Will come again. The location is perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant - thx Wyatt
    dinesalot
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was mildly concerned about how the service would be prior to getting to the restaurant because of an awkward process of being asked to call back to confirm my reservation and the person I finally got through to had a hard time finding it. But once I got there - everything was great - the food, the wine, but mostly the service. Wyatt definitely knows when to show up - what to ask - and when to let us enjoy the meal. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    SSPK
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sat outside, ordered whipped goat cheese w/home made flat bread and gumbo as apps. The food was served by kitchen runners who were perplexed as to how to arrange the plates on the tiny outdoor table so there was much clanging and re arranging.The goat cheese was good, gumbo was spicy and by the end of the bowl a little overwhelming so we asked for bread which seemed to confuse our server.About 10 minutes later a different kitchen runner brought cracker-type sticks. Weird. Entrees were gnocchi and swordfish. Very ho hum, and served angrily by a third set of staff who put their fingers INSIDE my glass to move it over. As a well traveled couple we never mind a pricey restaurant with good food & staff. Proof is just pricey.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but not great
    Winenerd
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was really expecting more from my first visit to Proof. After seeing it so highly rated by so many others as well as being in the TOP 100 restaurants in DC in Washingtonian magazine. Servers where friendly but not what I would call attentive or well informed. Food was of good quality but not very exciting, Duck ordered Medium rare was served medium well. Prices seem low till you get the very small portions. Wine list is huge and very overpriced, markups are at least 300% of cost and sometimes more, Anyone can fill there list with trophy wines but a great list has a lot of thought put into also finding interesting, small producer who's wine are adorable. So, if you want to spend 500 bucks on a trophy wine this is the place to come.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Great Wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Wonderful food, great selection of wine by glass and small plates. Nice sized portions, great value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • daleoVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was good, the service was great; very enjoyable lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay
    FunFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Lunch was fine. I found the menu a little limited though we started with the pate and it was outstanding. Our waitress was not very attentive at all and at one point clearly forgot us. I definitely prefer this place in the evening as opposed to lunch.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I recommend
    bookbuilder
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Wait staff was excellent. Food beautifully prepared and delicious. Perfect spot to go after visiting the National Portrait Gallery. Pricey, but worth it for a nice night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow x two
    CJCbostonVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Coming here for years - major fan of the wine list - amongst the best anywhere for New World Reds - some hard to find gems with their ultimate fruit. However - in prior years the food was an afterthought. I don't know if I've been ordering wrong or the Chef changed - but wow the food was equal to the wines this time - with some amazing dishes. I prefer the "firsts" on the list rather than the mains and they're a great collection of excellence. Will be back next DC visit. And our server was gentle and charming - to balance some of the other disappointed recent reviewers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow,wow,wow
    AandG
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This was our favorite food and wine experience in DC. Definitely worth the bucks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine & Food lovers, unite!
    jedel92
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My parents came in town to visit me and I wanted to take them somewhere special. They are big wine drinkers (not in the alcoholic sense) and so I took them to a place with a 20+ page wine list. The Sommelier was so impressive, and yet did not make us feel dumb while talking about the wine. The food, ahhh the food was amazing. For the first course we shared many dishes, all of which were delicious. For our entrees we got different fish dishes, all of which were like nothing we had ever tasted before. The one issue I had was that our waiter was a little "sassy" about some of our basic requests. However, I have been to Proof many times before and the service has been impeccable. If you are in DC, you MUST eat at Proof.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Weekend DC Trip
    nate80
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I came here with my wife for our one-year anniversary while we were visiting DC, and we had a great meal. We shared the quinoa salad, the gumbo, the halibut, and the swordfish. Everything was excellent! I particularly liked the gumbo, while my wife's favorite was the halibut. Our server was very friendly and helpful, and we were glad the place did not feel pretentious, as many fine dining restaurants do. The wine list is extensive and a little pricey, but they had several reasonable by-the-glass options. Overall, we had a good experience at Proof and would return if in the area again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • arvaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It would be nice if there were someplace to go for dinner where people didn't show up in shorts and sneakers. I suppose given Proof's location it can't be that place but I can dream. I can also dream that that the chef will think a little harder about how the food he serves is produced and take foie gras off the menu. It is SUCH an inhumane product. (Yes, I know about the pig's head on the menu.) And THAT is the reason I won't be recommending Proof to any friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food, Lukewarm Staff
    MontroseFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This was my second time dining at Proof and on both visits the food was simply fantastic. Soft shell crabs are in season and the chef here is taking full advantage of the seasonal favorite. The meat and cheese platters and choices are amazing and the wine list has a broad cross section of price points so that having a bottle of wine does not break the bank (or expense account). My one real criticism is that the wait staff is very nonchalant. Really they are lukewarm at best. Given the amazing food offerings at the restaurant, you would think the staff would display more enthusiasm for the food and the customers. But they really do treat you as if they are doing you the favor by waiting on your table. This needs to change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pros and Cons of Proof
    Bushido
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The sweatbreads were amazing and one of my favorite dishes. The halibut was also very good. The disappointment was the coconut dacquoise. It was too sweet and the mixture of fruit compote and other flavors did not really meld well together. Proof is known for its wine list and I enjoyed the selection as promised. The noise made it hard to hear at times and I decided I wish I had braved a slight bit of heat to be outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Consistently excellent service - the fact that we see the same servers time and time again is an indication that the restaurant must be doing something right! Food was superb on this visit - softshells crabs and beef carpaccio were standouts. Panna cotta with blackberry sauce was an excellent summer dessert choice. Very nice wine selection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I always forget how good the food is at Proof. Usually we go there for just drinks, but we decided to have a nice dinner and Proof did not disappoint. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Proof = Cake.
    Beans
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Me and a group of friends were trying to try all of the Washingtonian's list of best restaurants in the area, and to sum up Proof for us: PROS: 1. Dessert is where Proof actually excelled. Wonderful taste AND texture of the cakes. 5 star for desserts. 2. The hostesses were VERY kind and welcoming. CONS: 1. Waitress attentive at first, but seeing we needed time to order abandoned us and we had to flag her down later. 2. Seated next to the cash register was not pleasant and despite us all being in our 20s we didn't appreciate the "hip" atmosphere of being squished next to strangers. (Could hear an ENTIRE first date conversation next to us) 3. Noise level is pretty loud but we did go on a Friday. 4. All our meals were good, but forgettable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fit for foodies
    Joseph124VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    One of the best in the Penn Quarter area. Lots of "little plates" as well as full courses. The food is interesting as well as consistently fine. Particularly good charcuterie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great Veggie options
    foodfan
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We are a family with 2 vegetarians, and finding a nice restaurant which has more than the typical veggie pasta dish is extremely hard. Proof had so many options on its menu it was hard to make a decision! All were beautifully executed, original, and had wonderful flavor and texture. And the carnivores in our party were very happy as well! Service was also excellent, from the valet guys (who were truly awesome), the hostess and manager, and the server who was well informed and personable but not intrusive. Very nice dinner. We are sure to return!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Excellent food as good a meal as we have had at any DC restaurant. Every course was exceptional. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food
    food4life
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our meal at Proof. Fish was done wonderfully and the sticky toffee dessert was out of this world. The sommelier was helpful and informative. Our server, though efficient, was arrogant and disinterested. He made us feel like it was our privilege to be his customer that evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food was good, and the wine was great. Our server, Christian. delivered excellent service and knew the extensive wine list inside out. We tried several wines with the 2 oz serving to decide on a bottle. It was great fun and we enjoyed sampling several wines. I wish we had more time to linger over dessert....
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    AJPDC
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I don't bother to leave reviews very often, but this experience was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Exceptional Restaurant
    GSWinMaryland
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    After theatre, we enjoyed an exceptional dinner and glass of wine. The ambience is lovely, the food unique and well prepared, and the wine list good even for the most discerning drinker.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor service, bad experience
    EatsOutAlotVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I have been there several times and the experience has always been good. This time the waiter was very snooty and rude which made the entire experience unpleasant. I would think twice before going again. Before this week I would have offered an unqualified recommendation. Now I'm not so sure. Seemed like maybe the waiter thought he was doing us a favor by allowing us to dine there. My mom is picky about her restaurants and I was really hoping she would enjoy her birthday dinner there. Instead we spent about $500 and left feeling like it was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Proof always has interesting offerings on the menu like a Vietnamese-spiced carpaccio that was fantastic with a bit of a kick to it! I also always enjoy a selection of their dried meats. Finally, they have fantastic wines by the glass or bottle--great selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I went with my daughter while we were in town. We were prepared for the restaurant after reviewing other Yelp reviews. The decor was commercial and the noise level was high. That having been said the food and service were excellent and we enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Proof never disappoints!
    happydiner
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I have been numerous times and Proof is always great. This time was to celebrate with a friend, and the sommelier recommended a nice bottle of champagne. Food is delicious, restaurant is cool and fun and hip, and we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HungrynDC
    HungrynDCVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Extraordinary high-end restaurant, with nothing usual about any of the food. Wine list is extensive. Wine steward was very knowledgeable. Food was terrific and service outstanding. Prices are not for the faint of heart, however. Be prepared to pay a lot, but get a lot for the money in skillfully prepared and well-presented everything -- from beginning to dessert and after dinner drinks and wines.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate